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I've heard different things. What exactly is erythema toxicum?

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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics
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In brief: Transient rash

Erythema toxicum is a very common rash affecting newborn babies, typically shows up on second day of life and stays 2-3 days.
Cause is still elusive and no treatment is necessary. The original meaning of erythema in greek was "bug bite.".

In brief: Transient rash

Erythema toxicum is a very common rash affecting newborn babies, typically shows up on second day of life and stays 2-3 days.
Cause is still elusive and no treatment is necessary. The original meaning of erythema in greek was "bug bite.".
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Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics
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In brief: A newborn rash

It is a benign newborn rash interpreted by many parents as " allergic reaction, a spider bite , a bug bite, etc".
None of these are correct.It is a skin condition that appears within 1-2 days after birth, goes away on its own within a week.Cause is unknown.Even the pustular fluid in the rash contains harmless blood cells.Not contagious.Do not require treatment.Goes away on its own!

In brief: A newborn rash

It is a benign newborn rash interpreted by many parents as " allergic reaction, a spider bite , a bug bite, etc".
None of these are correct.It is a skin condition that appears within 1-2 days after birth, goes away on its own within a week.Cause is unknown.Even the pustular fluid in the rash contains harmless blood cells.Not contagious.Do not require treatment.Goes away on its own!
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